Syrian: the three paradoxes of the Assad regime

The international community has called for that the people responsible for the killings in Syria should face justice and that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has a responsibility to enact reforms for a democratic, secular and united Syria. I am in agreement, who wouldn’t be? But if we analyse these we quickly run into the three paradoxes of the Assad regime.

The first paradox is that those responsible for the killing of protesters in Syria are the same people responsible of enacting the reforms for a democratic, secular and united Syria.

The second paradox is that all reforms that would transfer Syria to a democracy is seen by the al-Assad regime threat to its very survival.

The third paradox his EU:s and USA perception of Syria as the Yugoslavia of the Middle East. With such a ‘paradigm’ what can EU and USA hope to achieve, especially since it is wrong.

About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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